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Chiropractic Care for Pregnancy

Apr 1, 2023 | Chiropractic Care

Understanding the Importance of Pelvic Alignment During Pregnancy

During pregnancy, the body undergoes many changes to accommodate the growing foetus. One of the most important areas to consider as the body starts to change is the pelvis because it can shift out of its normal position due to the increased weight and pressure of the growing baby.

A misaligned pelvis can lead to a range of complications during labour and delivery potentially causing longer labour times and increased likelihood of interventions such as c-sections, and forceps.  

Proper alignment of the pelvis is key for a healthy pregnancy and increases the likelihood of a smooth delivery.
Chiropractic care during pregnancy can help maintain proper alignment of the pelvis, reducing the risk of complications and promoting overall health and well-being for both mother and baby.
Chiropractors are highly trained to identify misalignments in the spine and pelvis and use gentle adjustment techniques to correct these issues. Chiropractic care can also help improve nervous system function, reduce pain, and discomfort, and promote optimal foetal positioning for a safer and easier birth.

Alleviating Pregnancy-Related Pain Through Chiropractic Care

Pregnancy pain is a common thing we see in practice as the body goes through such big changes in such a short amount of time. These changes can bring about the pain such as lower back pain, sciatica, pelvic pain, and tight shoulders/neck. These discomforts are often caused by the added weight and pressure of the growing foetus, hormonal changes, and changes to posture and the way we move our bodies. Chiropractic care can be an effective method for alleviating pregnancy-related pain without the use of medication.

Chiropractors can use a range of techniques to relieve pain, including spinal adjustments, soft tissue therapy, and prescribing at-home exercises. These techniques can help reduce pressure on nerves and improve overall spinal alignment, leading to reduced pain and improved mobility. Additionally, chiropractic care can help address any imbalances in the body that may be contributing to pain or discomfort. By addressing these underlying issues, chiropractic care can help provide support and relief for pregnant people, improving their quality of life throughout their pregnancy and increasing their chances of a healthier birth.

Improving Nervous System Function for a Healthy Pregnancy

The nervous system plays a crucial role in pregnancy, regulating essential bodily functions such as digestion, circulation, and respiration. The nervous system also coordinates and controls the entire process during pregnancy. Chiropractic care can help improve nervous system function by correcting misalignments in the spine that can disrupt nerve flow. Misalignments in the spine, also known as subluxations, can occur during pregnancy due to the added weight and pressure of the growing foetus, hormonal changes, changes to posture and the way we move our bodies

By eliminating subluxations with chiropractic adjustments, pregnant people can experience improved nervous system function, leading to reduced stress, improved sleep, and better overall health. Additionally, proper nervous system function can help ensure that the developing foetus is receiving all the nutrients and oxygen it needs to thrive.

Addressing Breech and Posterior Baby Positioning with Chiropractic care

Breech and posterior positioning of your baby in the womb can make labour and delivery more difficult and increase the risk of interventions such as c-sections or forceps. There are specific chiropractic techniques that can help turn a breech baby and encourage optimal foetal positioning for a safer and easier delivery. There are a series of adjustments and exercises designed to relax the muscles and ligaments in the pelvis and encourage proper alignment that can be used safely on pregnant people when the baby is not sitting in the correct position. These chiropractic techniques can be used in the later stages of pregnancy as you are preparing for birth, however, it is recommended to start chiropractic care at any stage of pregnancy to ensure proper pelvic and spinal alignment, therefore, eliminating stress on the baby, and tight muscles/ligaments preventing the baby from descending into the correct position.

Chiropractic care can also help address posterior baby positioning, which occurs when the baby’s head is facing the mother’s abdomen rather than the spine. This position can lead to longer and more difficult labour, as well as an increased risk of interventions. Chiropractic adjustments can help improve the alignment of the pelvis, encouraging the baby to turn into a more optimal position for delivery.
By addressing breech and posterior baby positioning through chiropractic care, pregnant people can reduce the likelihood of complications during labour and delivery, promoting a safer and healthier birth.

Preparing for a Smooth Delivery with Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care can help prepare the body for labour and delivery by ensuring proper alignment of the pelvis and spine, improving nervous system function, and reducing pain and discomfort. By correcting misalignments in the spine, chiropractic adjustments can help reduce pressure on nerves and improve blood flow to the uterus and other reproductive organs. This can lead to a smoother and more efficient delivery, with fewer interventions.

As well as improving physical health, chiropractic care can also help reduce stress and promote relaxation, which is essential during the labour and delivery process. By addressing any imbalances in the body that may contribute to stress, chiropractic care can help people feel calmer and more confident during the birthing process.
there has also been evidence to show that Prenatal chiropractic care can also help people recover more quickly after delivery by improving spinal alignment and reducing pain and discomfort. When the body is in a state of alignment and ease, the nervous system can do what it was designed to do, which is to heal itself naturally, be more resilient and above all else – thrive.